How to Replace Regular Bulbs With LED


Since their development by Thomas Edison, incandescent light bulbs have been the dominant type used in most households. They are reliable, easy to acquire and relatively cheap. However, incandescent bulbs are not energy-efficient and have relatively short lifespans. Compared to incandescent bulbs, LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs have a lifespan nearly 40 times longer, and on a per-lumen basis, consume about 90 percent less energy. If you have decided to replace your standard-base incandescent bulbs with LEDs, the task can be completed in just a few minutes.

  • Acquire a quantity of LED bulbs with standard bases. A number of Internet-based merchants and some electrical supply houses stock and sell these items. They can also be found at some "big-box" retailers.

  • Remove the existing incandescent bulbs from light fixtures where you plan to install the replacement LED bulbs. Set them aside; you may be able to use them in other fixtures until they, too, require replacement.

  • Install the replacement LED bulbs in the lamp/fixture sockets where you removed the incandescent bulbs.

  • Turn on the lamp or fixture to ensure the LED bulb works properly.

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